Ambulance workers and A&E staff from across the UK are heading to Westminster today to lobby for tougher sentences for members of the public who attack emergency service staff. Last year there were 70,000 assaults on NHS workers in England and Wales, and 51 percent of ambulance staff say they have been exposed to sexual harassment whilst on duty.
Plans to clamp down on unfair practices in the property management system in England which can lead to consumers paying over-priced charges have been outlined by Communities Secretary Sajid Javid. The Government will consider changing the law so that all letting and management agents, across both the private rented and leasehold sectors, must be qualified and regulated in order to practise. With over 4.2 million leasehold homes across the country and service charges reaching between £2.5 billion and £3.5 billion a year, the Government says it wants to fix problems in the property industry, drive down costs and protect consumers from a small minority of rogue agents.
McDonald's has recently introduced mobile phone lockers in one of its branches in Singapore, encouraging diners to take a break from the virtual world and have real conversations over meals. Named the Phone off. Fun On. campaign, the first 100 transparent lockers are installed in the McDonald's Marine Cove outlet. So is it time to ban smartphones altogether at dinner?